While farmers pray for rain each summer to nurture freshly planted crops, vacationers hope for clear sunny skies until nightfall. Meanwhile, those who reside in the path of previous hurricanes or tornado alley, plead with God to save their home, lives and town. From God’s perspective, every day prayers lifted up to heaven often contradict one another. Subsequently, rain sent from heaven will bless some while serving as a curse to others.
Yet He did not leave Himself without some witness [as evidence of Himself], in that He kept constantly doing good things and showing you kindness, and giving you rains from heaven and productive seasons, filling your hearts with food and happiness,” Acts 14:17.
After healing a man crippled from birth, eyewitnesses of this miracle exalted Paul and Barnabas to god-like status. Instead of receiving this praise, Paul reveals the source of his power, pointing to heaven. Evidence of God’s presence can be seen daily if you are watching closely. Unfortunately, many have become oblivious, too focused on their own lives to thank the Lord for rains sent from heaven.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]. 18 It was of His own will that He gave us birth [as His children] by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits of His creatures [a prime example of what He created to be set apart to Himself—sanctified, made holy for His divine purposes], James 1:17-18.
An earthly brother came to realize this fact following Jesus’ resurrection. Perhaps, the passage above is a culmination of a private conversation prior to Jesus ascending into heaven. If only negative people who try to bring you down would grasp the concept that every perfect gift comes from above. Embracing this mindset would transform families, neighborhoods and workplaces. Yet, for now, the best way to keep this message alive is by pointing to rain sent from heaven.
by Jay Mankus